Five mini-golf holes designed by local, national artists open for play until January 29
Indiana University Northwest invites the public to experience the Mini-Golf Course Challenge, a free and interactive miniature golf course of playable works of art by local and national artists.
The custom-built miniature golf exhibit features five holes that are open for public play through January 29 in the John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center, located on the IU Northwest campus.
Previously displayed at the Elmhurst Art Museum, the exhibit titled Par Excellence Redux: The Front 9 was curated by Christopher Jobson, founder and editor-in-chief of Colossal, an international online platform for contemporary art and visual expression. The exhibit pays homage to the wildly popular Par Excellence that opened in 1988 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The hole designs range from a challenging spiraling cone, to a maze-like castle with the potential for a hole-in-one:
Chairy Who? by Gautam Rao (Indianapolis) features obstacles of iconic mid-century furniture in homage of Elmhurst Art Museum’s McCormick House.
Cross-Section Castle by A Couple of Putts duo Robin Schwartzman and Tom Loftus (Minneapolis) features an alternative take on a mini-golf castle by providing players a glimpse of the ball's journey through ramps and around custom-made figures.
Just Desserts by Latent Design (Chicago) is a colorful spiraling cone that a golfer must use to bridge from the heights of the putting green and the lows of the hole.
Razzle Dazzle by Stolatis Fabrication (Chicago) and Andrea Jablonski (Chicago) utilizes ramps, a loop, and intersecting geometric shapes to provide fun and difficulty through contrasting camouflage patterns.
Participation Trophy by Jesse Meredith (Chicago) features numerous golf holes on a rounded turf, providing multiple routes for a winning shot.
This exhibit is just one of the latest examples of public, interactive art that has been brought to the Northwest campus, explained Lauren Pacheco, director of arts programming and engagement at IU Northwest's School of the Arts.
“The Mini-Golf Course Challenge reimagines the library as a campus and community space, reflective of present-day realities by welcoming all—from students and alumni to the general public—to experience our campus, art and culture,” Pacheco said.
“Hosting the miniature golf course in the campus’s library, a sacred space, seemed like the perfect project in challenging formalities, creating new identities, and generating excitement through the arts."
The custom-built miniature golf courses consist of The Front 9 and The Back 9. The miniature golf holes were either donated to IU Northwest's School of the Arts or on loan by the artists.
"I am continually humbled and astounded by the kindness and generosity from my creative community," Pacheco said.
Arrange a Tee Time
Campus and regional community members are invited to show off their miniature golf skills as individual players or in small groups.
A limited schedule is in place through January 29, 2022. The course is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon until 4 p.m., excluding holidays, and on select Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. (December 4, 11, 18; January 15, 22, 29).
Walks-in are allowed, however we recommend you book a tee time reservation at www.iun.edu/arts.